Happiness Is The Longing for Repetition by Mary Ann Reilly

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Towards the end of the novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera writes:

“And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.”

I wondered then when I first read the novel —some 20 years ago, and I wonder today about the relationship(s) (probable and hypothetical) between happiness and repetition.

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  • deepbluwater
    deepbluwaterabout 5 years ago

    what a thoughtful & beautiful image..
    love the words from “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”
    hmmm… happiness & repetition….

  • thank you for your very thoughtful comment:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonabout 5 years ago

    inspired work, Mary Ann!!

  • lovely to know that. thanks Gail:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacabout 5 years ago

    I love this image and I love the words… and I love a work which gives us something to think about. Terrific! OMG! A new superlative… I’m impressed…lol! With all the ‘terrific’ work here on rb I sometimes feel that I’m using the same words repeatedly… even though they are heartfelt it starts to sound repetitious… ahhh… a relationship with repetition!!! But am I happy with it… hmmm… it would seem not…! I long for the happiness of finding new words to describe the joy a persons work gives… ramble over… well done Mary Ann!
    : ))

  • I am overwhelmed by your comments, Jenny. Thank You:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • fabien
    fabienabout 5 years ago

    Yes well done ! lot of symbols here and engaged us to think about a story…

  • always like a good story…

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    Mary Ann … your work is consistently creative … consistently thought provoking!!! Gorgeous!!!!!!!

  • thanks Lois:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 5 years ago

    Very thought provoking and interesting. Very well done.

  • JR, thanks so much. Appreciate your comments.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings Mary Ann; A wonderful sentiment and beautiful image. This statement speaks of a concept that is understandable to most but truely not recognized by many.

  • Greetings returned Steve. A conundrum you pose here.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Denis:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Mariapmann
    Mariapmannabout 5 years ago

    Cannot say enough, a truly beautiful, engaging and thoughtful piece. The association with Kundera is a synergetic force. xx m


    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyabout 5 years ago

    Very nice work!


    – Mary Ann Reilly

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